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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats have been sounding alarm bells about Republican deficit spending, but during the two days of debate on homeland security appropriations, it was the Democrats who offered amendments to increase spending by over $17 billion in 2004."It is inconceivable that in just two years, President George W. Bush has taken the nation from historic budget surpluses to the deepest deficits in history," railed Democratic presidential candidate and Fla. Sen. Bob Graham.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Alliance of American Insurers) (CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa. audience."A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," said Bush, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town, according to the president.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican efforts to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from the Democrats will be made more difficult this fall by the fact that the GOP will have 20 seats to defend while Democrats will only have 14. However, in converting the political races into a medical metaphor, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), the Senate's only doctor, insists Republicans may "have more patients," but Democrats "have more in intensive care."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) is weighing a plan to reform Social Security using personal retirement accounts -- a move that would put him at odds with all the Democratic presidential candidates and the party's congressional leadership.His only concern, Ford confides, is how to pay the transition costs in moving from a pay-as-you-go system to individual investment accounts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One day after the Senate finished leftover work on last year's appropriations bills, Republicans Friday unveiled a wide ranging list of legislative priorities for the year.Medicare prescription drugs (S.1), President Bush's tax relief package (S.2), and a bill banning partial birth abortion (S.3) will top the Senate's legislative agenda, if all goes as planned by Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the eve of the Florida primaries, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is fighting for her political life. Once the overwhelming favorite to win the state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Reno at this point might not even make it onto the November ballot.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the war in Iraq dominating attention, votes late last week in the House and Senate set up more clashes here at home over President Bush's plan for tax relief.Democrats, who for months have criticized Bush's plan as a giveaway to wealthy workers, could not convince enough of their colleagues to prevent the House early Friday morning from passing the $2.2 trillion budget blueprint
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The closely watched Texas Senate race to succeed retiring Republican Phil Gramm hinges on minority voter turnout on Election Day and the Republican candidate's closeness to President Bush, the two candidates believe.Winning the Texas seat has become more important to Democrats in maintaining their one vote majority, especially since ethics scandals forced New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli to drop out of his race this week. Polls have shown the Texas race close, with neither candidate consistently in the lead.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In negotiations over the president's dividend tax cut, "We have lots of options on the table," GOP Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles (Okla.) said on Thursday. "I don't want to exclude any or preclude anything."The Senate Finance Committee, of which Maine's GOP holdout Olympia Snowe is a member, is in a huddle, with Republicans trying to negotiate upwards the $350 billion in tax cuts passed by the Senate this past month. The House passed $550 billion in cuts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Polls show that most Californians think the state is headed on the wrong track and nearly half give the Democratic governor low marks on job performance. That should spell trouble for Gov. Gray Davis's hopes for a second term, but Republican Bill Simon seems headed for likely defeat, political watchers believe. Despite the fact that incumbent Democrat Gray Davis remains unpopular with his electorate, analysts say Simon ran a bad campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Labor unions enjoy a variety of special perquisites and privileges that sometimes leave the unwitting taxpayer footing the bill.Labor unions receive millions of taxpayer dollars at the federal and state level to administer a variety of education and training programs, which frees up other union funds for political activities.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With the firing of his top two economic advisors last week, President Bush signaled that crafting and selling an economic stimulus will be a priority. Both will prove a difficult task, since Congress and economists disagree about what will cure the ailing economy and be politically palatable.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - America's courts have taken over the legislative role of regulating whole industries, many court watchers and state lawmakers believe. The difficult question, they said Wednesday, is how to reverse the trend.It is "one of the most fundamental concerns that we as legislators should have," and it amounts to "the taking away of our legislative powers," said Virginia Delegate William J. Howell, speaker of the state House of Delegates. He addressed fellow lawmakers at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush on Thursday called for Congress to pass a law limiting non-economic, punitive damages in medical malpractice suits to $250,000."Our medical liability system is broken," the president told a Scranton, Pa., audience. "A broken system like that first and foremost hurts the patients and the people of America," he said, because "junk lawsuits" drive up malpractice insurance premiums and drive innocent doctors out of town.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a state dominated by Democrats, it shouldn't be so difficult for the Maryland lieutenant governor to convince voters that she should be promoted - especially since the state hasn't elected a Republican governor in 36 years.But the early lead enjoyed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Kennedy Townsend over likely Republican nominee Rep. Bob Ehrlich has slipped from 15 points to just three points, according to a recent public opinion poll. Another recent poll says Kennedy Townsend's lead is seven points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Correction: Fixes that Michigan Legislature is controlled by Republicans)(CNSNews.com) - The White House is targeting Michigan for a win in the 2004 election, but unions and liberal interests are pounding on a message of job loss and anti-tax cut policies.